The Wolford hosiery story began in the post World War II era, 1949 to be exact. The shortage of "nylons" during the war stimulated a demand for pure silk stockings, which Wolford leveraged into the basis for a world-wide hosiery empire. Wolford based their technology on American cotton machines, altering them as needed, which gave them a "leg up" on the competition. Even to this day the company has excelled in advanced hosiery knitting technology. The brand name originated from that of founder Reinhold Wolff, which was combined with the last letters of the town of Oxford, England. The actual knitting know-how came from an historic textile region where France, Germany and Switzerland intersect at Lake Constance. Wolford quickly expanded its operations, and in 1988 moved to position itself in the luxury hosiery arena. Over the years, this internationally-recognized brand has diversified its hosiery offerings successfully.
HerRoom now brings you this elegant hosiery in a wide range of styles, most of nylon and spandex. Since they are a European brand, most are called "tights" instead of "pantyhose" as most Americans would call them. You'll also find "stay ups" in the Wolford hosiery collections, which we call "stockings." Wolford hosiery goes far beyond mere pantyhose; their exquisitely designed styles transcend that with both innovative modern styles and updated versions of retro favorites like sexy back seams and fishnet legs. Waistbands are tall and non-binding for your comfort. Knit cotton crotch gussets give added mobility and breathable comfort. Denier weights vary from an extra-silky, super-sheer 8 denier to velvety leggings with a 66 denier. The higher the denier number, the thicker and more opaque the tights or leggings will be.
Although there has been a movement afoot to get rid of hosiery in the workplace and elsewhere, many women still feel that fine hosiery presents a more polished appearance than bare legs. Those of us with naturally pale skin always appreciate that layer of natural color as well as the bit of control that tights give you at the tummy. As Rita Wilson (Tom Hank's wife) discovered when she was invited to a White Tie event at Buckingham Palace, women are required by royal decree to wear close-toed shoes and stockings. She then realized she had not worn hosiery in a long time and had none on hand! Not to worry. The intimate apparel buyer at England's Selfridges department store has said that Wolford's Naked 8s sheer tights (coming soon to HerRoom) are selling especially well.
The well-dressed woman will always gravitate toward beautiful hosiery, and our Wolford selection is sure to supply her with key styles to finish fabulous ensembles. You'll find HerRoom's wide selection wonderful for year-round comfort and beauty, so indulge yourself!